No. 13 San Diego State beats Air Force 79-72

San Diego State forward JJ O’Brien finally got his hand back.

After playing with a taped and padded right hand to protect a bruise he got on Nov. 29 against Creighton, O’Brien didn’t have anything on his hand yesterday and he had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the 13th-ranked Aztecs to their 13thth straight win, 79-72 over Air Force.

San Diego State (14-1, 3-0 Mountain West) has the fifth-best active streak nationally and it tied the second-longest winning streak in school history. The Aztecs continue the second-best start in school history behind the 20-0 in 2010-11.

Tre’ Coggins had 29 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Falcons (8-7, 2-2), who did not go down easily against the taller, deeper and more physical Aztecs. Air Force led for much of the first half before trailing 31-27 at the break.

San Diego State’s rebounding advantage and 3-point shooting proved the difference. The Aztecs held a 39-30 rebounding edge including 17-6 on the offensive end. The Aztecs were 7 of 14 from beyond the arc while the Falcons were 7 of 20.

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